Marcus Rashford scores 100th Man United goal, says he struggled for motivation last season

Marcus Rashford scores 100th goal
Marcus Rashford struggled for goals in the 2021/22 season and was linked with a move away from boyhood club Manchester United.

However, under Erik ten Hag, he has recovered and added a seventh goal of the season against West Ham. Rashford has spoken about his mental struggles over the last year and how he has changed.

Marcus Rashford scored his 100th goal for Manchester United against West Ham on Saturday. It was also Rashford’s seventh goal of the season, two more than he had in 2021/22. In fact, his future at the club following a series of poor performances last season.

“It’s a complete different energy around the club and the training ground,” Rashford told Sky Sports after the win over West Ham.

“That puts me in a better headspace and I just feel really motivated now. That’s the area I was struggling in.

“I was struggling at times with more mental things. It wasn’t really my own performance but other things off the pitch. That’s the biggest difference from last season.

“I get that it’s your job to speak about what happens on the pitch but for the players we have to get into the right headspace for every game.

“Too often last season, I wasn’t in the right headspace for games. I wasn’t surprised by some of the stuff that was happening.”

The England international, who has turned 25 the day after the win, added:

“It’s obviously a fantastic moment for me, something I’ve been looking forward to doing, so I’m really happy.

“But I’m just looking to keep pushing on now, keep progressing.”

United manager Eric ten Hag commended Rashford saying:

“He is so great as it’s a player out of the academy scoring his 100th goal and the 85th anniversary today.

“He’s really representing the work of Manchester United, and it values the good work that the academy is doing. And Marcus Rashford, tomorrow is his 25th birthday as well. A great present I would say!”

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